FAST FIVE: UK: New Subversive "Guidance" For Journalists

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In the words of the report, the guidance, “seems designed to bind the hands of UK newspapers when it comes to reporting on stories relating to Islam and Muslims – with potentially serious long-term consequences for the workings of a free and independent press”.

As the Policy Exchange authors write: “In all of this, there seems to be a suggestion that journalists should take a different approach to covering Muslims than that employed towards other faith groups.

If we ruled out reporting on matters specific to Muslims not only would we miss some big issues – not least the threat from Islamist extremist terrorism, which continues to dwarf other global terrorist threats – but we would also be unable to report properly on discrimination against Muslims.

Similarly, in September 2017, a project called respectwords.org published guidelines — the publication of which were financially supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union — on reporting about migration and minorities.

According to those guidelines, “more than 150 European radio outlets and 1300 journalists from the eight RESPECT WORDS countries (Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia and Spain) have joined together to strengthen media coverage of migrants and minorities, an indispensable tool in the fight against hate speech”.

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